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Günther Förg

Lead Paintings

Günther Förg


6.25 x 8.5 inches (15.8 x 21.6 cm.)
65 pages. Illustrated in color throughout. Hardcover.
Publication date: March 2015
ISBN: 978-0-9889300-5-6
Retail Price: $30 USD

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Published on the occasion of the exhibition Günther Förg: Lead Paintings, this catalogue includes full plate images and details the artist’s signature paintings on lead, dating from 1986 – 1990.

To create these paintings, Förg wrapped lead sheets over wood, then painted each surface with acrylic. The nature of the lead was of particular interest to the artist: “I like very much the qualities of lead – the surface, the heaviness… I like to react on things, with the normal canvas you often have to kill the ground, give it something to react against. With the metals you already have something - its scratches, scrapes.” In these large-scale yet minimal works, Förg produced a visual homage to color field painting, referencing Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman, while allowing the material to become his vehicle for expression.

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